The Final Verdict On Winter

Punxsutawney Phil predicts weather
Punxsutawney Phil predicts weather

We all know how the tradition goes.  Around this time of year we’re supposed to have a great prognosticator of weather to tell us how the rest of the season outlook is supposed to be.  Groundhog Day rolls around every year on the second day of February, and this year was no exception.  So how are we to expect this type of prediction to be true, what are we to believe from a groundhog, and how and why does this happen?

Well the way the folklore goes, if the groundhog comes out and is not able to see its shadow then winter is supposed to end soon.  On the other hand, if the day is nice and sunny and the groundhog is able to see its shadow, then that means six more weeks of winter.  As stated before, we all know that this is folklore, and a groundhog is no way shape or form a psychic who can predict the weather for a specific time of year.  But it is always good fun.

It’s fun for the thousands that gather to see one of the cherished groundhogs in the United States and Canada where it is also observed.  But probably the most famous place that one specific groundhog finds a huge celebration for itself is in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  Yes, the widely famous Punxsutawney Phil is one groundhog that can probably predict weather better than some so-called meteorologist that we see on the news.  And this year, Punxsutawney Phil came out and saw his shadow and it was declared that the United States will have six more weeks of winter.

Not for nothin’, but there’s always six more weeks of winter left after the groundhog emerges from its burrow, regardless of the fact of it seeing its shadow or not.  So for the sake of not saying this groundhog is full of beans and that it never gets anything right, let’s hope that the sun shines every February 2 so the groundhog will be right 100 percent of the time.  Afterall, it’s tradition.


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